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Program Mission and Aims

PsyD Program Mission

The Mount Saint Mary’s University PsyD program trains the next generation of ethical and socially-just health service psychologists who strive for cultural humility while integrating the practice and science of psychological services. Our PsyD program incorporates the spirit of the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) and partners with the CSJs in their commitment to “deepen our awareness of our complicity and work toward dismantling interlocking systems of oppression” and to "use our collective voice to accompany others in speaking their truth."

PsyD Program Aims

  1. Students demonstrate comprehensive Discipline-Specific knowledge of Health Service Psychology: History and Systems; basic content areas in scientific psychology (affective aspects of behavior, biological aspects of behavior, cognitive aspects of behavior, developmental aspects of behavior and social aspects of behavior); Advanced Integrative Knowledge in Scientific Psychology; and Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics, to prepare them to become leaders and agents of social change in Health Service Psychology and the larger world.
  2. Students demonstrate proficiency in the Profession-Wide Competencies related to Health Service Psychology: Research; Ethical and Legal Standards; Individual and Cultural Diversity; Professional Values, Attitudes and Behaviors; Communication and Interpersonal Skills; Assessment; Intervention; Supervision; and Consultation and Inter-professional/interdisciplinary Skills, to prepare them to become leaders and agents of social change in Health Service Psychology and the larger world.
  3. Students demonstrate the ability to practice using theory and research from a social justice and advocacy perspective, with cultural humility and a critical consciousness, to prepare them to become leaders and agents of social change in Health Service Psychology and the larger world.